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Organisation Profile - Department of Education and Skills

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Department of Education and Skills


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Paul Galvan

Paul Galvan
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Aoife Mc Dermott

Aoife Mc Dermott
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Paul Meany

Paul Meany
Primary School Teacher
Brian Cadigan

Brian Cadigan
Secondary School Teacher
Mary Joyce

Mary Joyce
Teacher - Special Needs
Padraig Parle

Padraig Parle
Primary School Teacher
Deirdre Sayers

Deirdre Sayers
Guidance Counsellor
Brian Howard

Brian Howard
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Education is the kindling of a flame ...

... not the filling of a vessel.

Education is the kindling of a flame ...

... not the filling of a vessel.

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The principle functions of the Department are outlined in its Mission Statement.

"The mission of the Department of Education and Skills is to provide high-quality education, which will:

  • Enable individuals to achieve their full potential and to participate fully as members of society and
  • Contribute to Ireland’s social, cultural and economic development.”

In pursuit of this mission, the Department has the following high-level goals:

  • To promote equity and inclusion.
  • To promote quality outcomes.
  • To promote lifelong learning.
  • To plan for education that is relevant to personal, social, cultural and economic needs.
  • To enhance the capacity of the Department of Education and Skills for service delivery, policy formulation, research and evaluation.

In support of these high-level goals, the Department is engaged in a wide range of activities covering the key elements of policy planning, quality assurance, resourcing, regulation and evaluation, as well as providing a broad range of support services for the education sector.


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"there is great satisfaction from helping young people make important decisions on their journey through school life"
Guidance Counsellor
Brian Howard
"While I work hard, I do so in my own office, organise my own time, and am free to do so once I do my job well."
Lecturer
Aoife Mc Dermott
"The workload is massive but the job is rewarding. In a sense it is still a vocation"
School Principal
Paul Meany
"A lot of organisation goes with delivering a PE lesson as you must take into consideration equipment, location and safety issues"
Secondary School Teacher
Mary Joyce
"Last year our school did very well in our Whole School Evaluation. Whenever I receive positive feedback from an inspector, I feel a combination of relief and pride"
Teacher - Special Needs
Padraig Parle
"I feel I am good at dealing with people and teaching is all about human interaction"
Primary School Teacher
Brian Cadigan